Chevrolet Feather Awards Introduce The LGBTI Dialogues | Is Aaron Moloisi A Face Of Diversity?

Ahead of the 2015 ceremony in Johannesburg in a few weeks, the Chevrolet Feather Awards hosted the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender dialogue in Melville this Wednesday — an interesting event that opened a platform for friends and people within this community to voice and discuss issues affecting the community. 

As glamorous and fun the Feather Awards are (I have had the pleasure of being invited and attending every year since their inauguration) I have been very critical of the event. My issue with the event has been that it was not representative of the broader spectrum and true interest of the community it supposed to represent.

It concerned me that the awards aimed to honor and celebrate people who have not really shown any visible support to the LGBTI community except for just being celebrities. Read HERE. To put it bluntly, for the most part it seemed like the awards were just an excuse for gays to suck-up and swoon over celebrities.

Now the organisers have really took the issues of the community to heart and judging by the changes made this year, the celebrity fun fare will be there but a level of activism has also entered the fray. Thanks in part to the involvement of organisation such as The Other Foundation and Passop.

The LGBTI Dialogue was moderated by actor and TV personality, Aaron Moloisi. Who, by the way, has grown into quite the role model of late. Ok don't get too excited, Aaron wont be a flag bearer any time soon, anyway why should he? BUT I am loving this new direction he is going – FOR MY OWN SELFISH REASONS OF COURSE.

I have known Aaron for a while and he is a nice guy... IN THE CAPACITY THAT I KNOW HIM, if you have issues with him, that's your problem. While he has never made his private and love life public, he had become that guy everyone in Jozi's social scene knows but for the wrong reason. That reason being that he is that TV guy you often see at Liquid Blue and thats it. Not much substance beyond that.

That he is a talented TV personality who is fluent in 6 language and has had an influential role in the transformation for television content to be more reflective of the diversity of our society in this country has remained in the back banner. As a moderator for these dialogue, Moloisi has taken on another role of being an unintentional face of diversity.

This is a tricky one because Moloisi has never spoken public of his sexuality, like I stated earlier -- he doesn't have to. Be that as it may, he has never said that he is not gay too so I can take some liberty here and say he represent an image of gay that is the alternative to the stereotype that society and the media has been pushing.

There are gay men who are comfortable with their masculinity. Being gay is not a homogenous thing. Not wanting to be a flamboyant gay guy does not mean you are ashamed of who you are or are trying to pass as straight. Being private about your personal life is the same thing.

For years I had hoped that we could have a public face that represents the other side of the gay identity. I am not saying Moloisi is or should be, but at this point and being at the event hearing him speak candidly about gay issues and his insight on the community... a glimmer of hope befell me. Finally people can see that we don't all wanna be someone's choma, not that there is anything wrong with that. 

I was unfortunately not able to stay for much of the proceedings as the event started late and I had meetings to get to, so I can not share much about the actual content of the dialogue, I just felt it be appropriate for me to acknowledge the efforts of the Feather Awards and those involved in taking this on.

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